3D desktop

Derek O'Connell dmoc02 at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Jan 7 20:24:18 UTC 2007

tim Rowledge wrote:
> And none of it stops me thinking that is a bad idea to  
> photophysically emulate a bad way of working. 

I wish someone would tell that to every organisation that attempts to chain
it's employees to desks for 8 hours+ a day :-)

Back to the video, it is some months old now and I think all the criticisms
that could be made have been. Still, on a superficial level it is excellent
eye candy and I for one don't understand the general aversion of the Squeak
community to eye candy. Image sells and that's a fact... and I think
Squeak/Smalltalk could have done with some eye-candy style interfaces and
marketing. It could also be argued that EToys is eye candy?

Regarding 3D, for a long time I believed that 3D was the future but
eventually came to the conclusion that 2.5D is more suitable in most cases
and this is an prime example. I agree it has flaws but I think it should be
viewed as possibly appropriate for working at a particular level, eg, with a
small subset of documents/data. Plus it presents an immediately familiar
metaphor that almost anyone can relate to. I lost faith in full blown 3D
metaphors because the examples I have seen overwhelm the user and/or
abstract away any common meaning. A good metric for future interfaces is: do
they even need explaining, let alone an operators manual (yuuuuk!).

...or should I just say: I like it!
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